Not so. Not in a stew, not as shredded beef for enchiladas or tacos, I don’t get it.

Add the meatballs to the slow cooker. Then, add all the other ingredients to the slow cooker, place the lid on top and cook on high for 4-6 hour or on low for 6-8 hours. Using convenient frozen fully cooked meatballs saves quite a bit of time since you don’t have to flour and sear the beef first to hold in all the juices like you would beef stew meat. Sautee them for a few minutes until the onions have softened, then add these to the slow cooker. If you put uncooked meatballs into the slow cooker, they will make the mixture greasy and may fall apart before they are cooked.

Added bonus, my kids love meatballs so this is a great way to get more veggies into their diets.
and it’s faster than regular stew too.

In the same frying pan, add finely diced onions and garlic. They don’t like beef that’s been cooked low and slow. Sautee them for a few minutes until the onions have softened, then add these to the slow cooker. Add the meatballs to the slow cooker. Let me introduce you to Slow Cooker Meatball Stew! What I do know, is they will eat this Meatball Stew! It’s got all the flavour of stew, but it uses meatballs which they also love… kind of brilliant! In the same frying pan, add finely diced onions and garlic. The meatballs do have to be cooked before they are combined with the other ingredients in this recipe.

Place the skillet over medium heat and cook the onions until they have browned, or about 5 minutes. Don’t remove the lid while the stew cooks, as this will disturb the slow cooking process. Any meatballs you add should be fully cooked since uncooked ground beef just doesn't work in the slow cooker. Then, add all the other ingredients to the slow cooker, place the lid on top and cook on high for 4-6 hour or on low for 6-8 hours. With a slotted spoon or spatula, transfer the browned meatballs to the slow cooker. Put the onions in the same skillet used for the meatballs. Don’t remove the lid while the stew cooks, as this will disturb the slow cooking process.